Don’t let this cold weather leave you land locked. A marathon’s run away—40 minutes driving—is Hyde Park, NY, where, nested on the eastern palisades of the mighty Hudson River sits the Culinary Institute of America, or CIA as it is called among foodies. Founded in 1946, CIA, as its HOME page on the web states: “is the World’s Premier Culinary College. Founded in 1946, … the proven path to an exciting career in the amazing world of food.”
You could use the following link to read more, but you’d miss the Google search quote that sits beneath its clickable .edu URL “called the Harvard of cooking schools by Julia Child and the best cooking school in the world”. I care less about the Harvard part, but the Julia Child part? Her opinion counts.
The pictures are ones I took in a Saturday class “Chocolates and Confections” I attended in 2011. It was tons of fun, culminating in a wonderful buffet lunch served by the students. I am really looking forward to participating in one of the BOOTCAMPS CIA offers. The webpage will explain more. And by the way, the campus and architecture are beautiful.
Since what we really hope for is you to stay with us at Hilltop, and find enticingly delicious adventures nearby, this blog focuses on the extraordinary Winter Dining Events that two of CIA’s eight restaurants have planned for the upcoming weeks.
The Bocuse Restaurant
Just before Valentine’s Day you might want to surprise your sweetheart with Bocuse, named for France’s famed chef, Paul Bocuse, which opened a year ago. To celebrate the first anniversary Monsieur Bocuse and other chefs (noted in italics below) will be recreating the exact opening day menu to include:
THE ANNIVERSARY MENU
A Peach of Foie Gras
Louis Outhier (Dinner only)
Black Truffle Soup V.G.E.
Lobster with Champagne and Caviar
Filet Mignon of Beef with Marrow Custard
Grapefruit Sorbet with Vodka
L’Anniversaire du Restaurant Bocuse!
Dinner: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
Course: B-102 Anniversary $95
Lunch: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: B-103 Anniversary $55
Reserve Your Spot
Call 845-471-6608, Monday Through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m
Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici
Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world. You can also enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. We’re listing just the events, you can find out more about the details by visiting the website directly.
CHECK TIMES FOR EACH RE: LUNCH VS. DINNER EVENTS
Journey to Jerez
Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-100 Jerez
Flavors of Italian Wine
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-101 Italy
For the Love of Wine
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-102 Love of Wine
Between Two Seas—Castello Monaci
Thursday, Mar. 6 at 6 p.m.
North Meets South
Wednesday, Mar. 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: C-106 North Meets South
Cooking with Wine
Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: C-108 Cooking with Wine
Black Tie and Truffles
Thursday, Mar. 27 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: C-110 Truffle $55
Wine for the Ages—Tenuta Capezzana
Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-107 Tuscan
A Wine Tour of Italy
Thursday, Apr. 3 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-109 Vino
Reservations are needed for all events.
Popular events do get sold out, so plan accordingly.
Call: 845-471-6608, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
We love the Culinary Institute and its sweeping—if not windy this time of year—views over the Hudson. It’s another great reason to come visit the Hudson Valley and Hilltop House. As Julia would say, Bon Appetite!